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Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago - the small Caribbean country that has enriched the world with calypso music and limbo dancing - offers a little of everything. Here we find the cultural influences from Africa, Europe and India, bustling towns and quiet and tranquil land, rain forests, cocoa plantations and a bird of a different world, and also one of the Caribbean's festligste carnivals.

Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelago in the Caribbean consisting of the two main islands that has given the country its name, and 21 other smaller islands. Island state located just north of the Venezuelan coast, south of Grenada and the boundary between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The landscape is characterized by plains with some hills and low mountains, especially in North Trinidad and Tobago. The country's highest point, El Cerro del Aripo reaching up to 940 meters. The hills and mountains are covered in lush tropical forests and intersected by deep ravines which transforms parts of the rivers to spectacular waterfalls. To the south is Trinidad flatter and have some swamps and geysers. These two southernmost Caribbean islands have a fauna consisting of wild boar, armadillos, snakes, turtles and crocodiles, and a diverse birdlife where the scarlet ibis stork bird is perhaps the most conspicuous species.

The original inhabitants of Trinidad were Arawak Indians, while Tobago was uninhabited when Columbus added there in 1498. As usual brought a visit from Columbus to a subsequent colonization, and Trinidad and Tobago began his career as a European colony in Spanish hands. Towards the end of the 1700s, however, the Spaniards had to hand over the two Caribbean islands to the United Kingdom, and only then were they united and ruled as a colony. When slavery was just after this was repealed, had the British invite large groups of Indians to make sugar and cocoa plantations. Many remained on the islands after their contracts expired, and that is why the population group with the Indian idea is the greatest of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago's one million inhabitants. Population mixture complemented by descendants of African slaves and of course a large portion of mixed descent with roots in Europe, China and the Middle East. The cultural cocktail is also heard in the streets, as it is about as likely to hear English as French, Spanish, Chinese, and a special Caribbean dialect of Hindi. While Indians in Trinidad and Tobago has largely preserved its original Indian culture, the culture of the African slaves brought with them more confused with the European during the colonial era. This one hears including calypso music, which originated in Trinidad because it was illegal for slaves to talk together, and they therefore had to communicate through song to drum beats brought from Africa. Also soca music, which is a variation of calypso and the unique dance style limbo, where the dancers moves reclined under a horizontal bar without touching either the floor or originates from Trinidad African slaves. When Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962, the land began to replace the now rather emptiness will revenue from sugar and cocoa plantations with more modern admission opportunities such as oil, petroleum and natural gas. This has made the small island state of one of the wealthier Caribbean countries.

Trinidad and Tobago can boast of being the holder of the world's largest natural asphalt deposits, for the Trinidad's southwestern coast is Pitch Lake, which is actually a huge lake of liquid tar. At the deepest when it 90 feet down, and hundreds of tons of tar are daily caught there. Although asphalt is liquid, it is possible to walk on the solidified surface without getting their shoes dirty. You have to ease a bit on the lid and stick a pin into the black sticky to ensure that there is talk of an ordinary car park, the lake at first glance may look like. Trinidad is also known for its vibrant music scene, and calypso music, colorful costumes and general party and fun are the mainstay of the annual carnival, which is no doubt this year's event for the residents of the island. Participants prepare both dress and dance moves several months in advance and it is impossible not to get carried away by the music and its effervescent mood. If the trip to Trinidad and Tobago falls in the weeks before the carnival, there is (almost) just as interesting to watch the musicians rehearse their barrels of oil, and costume designers who cut, sew and decorate the lavish costumes for the big day. Another colorful attraction in Trinidad and Tobago are the birds. Especially the mailbox red ibis is difficult to keep your eyes and in rødibis season (August-February) offers sailing trips in the sunset at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary south of the capital Port of Spain. Even non-bird enthusiasts there is the unforgettable sight of thousands of scarlet birds settles down for the night in swamp mangrove trees. If you are looking for beach life, however, there is no infinite possibilities in Trinidad. The small, idyllic bay Maracas Bay on the island's north coast is the only real option. On the other hand Tobago boasts several fine beaches, and also good places to snorkel or sail boats with glass bottoms and view of the vibrant marine life. Especially Pigeon Point on the island's sørvestligste tip is competitive with its white "postcard beaches." But most flights to Trinidad and Tobago alone Beaches sake, for example, one can find in Tobago the country's most well-preserved remnants of the British colonial masters. Fort King George was built towards the end of the 1700s, and as the old guns, standing along the walls where you have unrestricted access to the expanses of crystal clear sea.
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